Jessica Lang Dance Center to open in Queens

Jessica Lang Dance Center to be home of Jessica Lang Dance CompanyJessica Lang Dance Center, a new, permanent home for Jessica Lang Dance, will open in Long Island City, Queens, in September, as just announced by choreographer and Artistic Director Jessica Lang. The new center will feature professional dance studios and office space for the five-year-old company, and will offer classes and workshops for children and adults, reflecting Lang’s belief in the importance of education through dance. Jessica Lang Dance Center will be directed by Kanji Segawa.

 

The new center will be an important addition to the cultural life of Queens. It will engage and enrich the Borough of Queens as a community center offering youth and adult classes to students beginning at 18 months to adults.

 

“The creation of the Jessica Lang Dance Center will provide a home to my work and company. It is an incredibly special moment in my career and I am touched by the support I have had to make this tremendous endeavor possible,” said Jessica Lang. “This center will deepen my artistic experience while allowing me to connect to the community in which I live. My hope is that this center will be a place for anyone to connect, imagine, move and be inspired.”

 

Jessica Lang Dance in CallingThe Community

 

The 6,100-square-foot center will be located in the heart of Long Island City, at 5-39 46th Avenue. Long Island City boasts a thriving arts community, with one of the highest concentrations of galleries and artist spaces of any area in the city, including MoMA PS1, an experimental and contemporary art venue run by the Museum of Modern Art, The Noguchi Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Flux Factory, Museum of the Moving Image and Thalia Spanish Theatre.

 

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said, “Jessica Lang Dance has a demonstrated commitment to education and community engagement. The arrival of the Jessica Lang Dance Center in Long Island City is an important addition to the borough’s cultural landscape for the arts.”

 

New Jessica Lang Dance Center DirectorClasses and Workshops

 

The center’s youth program will include classes in creative dance, ballet, dance fundamentals, Move with Me for toddlers and boys dance. Adult classes will include ballet, dance fundamentals, dance fitness and a variety of cultural and folk dance that reflects the diversity of the Queens community.

 

JLDC will also offer workshops and masterclasses for pre-professionals and teens, Summer and Winter Intensives, Choreographic and Production Workshops, and LANGuage Workshops, based on the LANGuage educational method uniquely developed by Lang to teach individuals from all populations.

 

“I am extremely thrilled to open Jessica Lang Dance Center in Long Island City where life is thriving more than ever,” said JLDC Director Kanji Segawa. “The primary goal of my job is to provide happiness to the people in the community by offering accessible dance classes to all. After many years of my professional career as a dancer and a teacher, I feel privileged to pursue my responsibility to share, inspire and contribute to the people. I also would like to make this center as a bridge connecting people in the community to Jessica’s beautiful work and company.”

 

Lang and Segawa have been working together since 1999, married in 2007, and have lived in Long Island City since 2008.

 

JLDC will open in September of this year at 5-39 46th Avenue, Long Island City, Queens. For further information and updates, visit www.jessicalangdance.com.

 

Photo (top): Jessica Lang Dance in performance. Photo by Todd Rosenberg. Photo (left): Jessica Lang Dance’s Kana Kimura. Photo by Takao Komaru. Photo (right): New JLDC Director Kanji Segawa, a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater since 2011. Photo by Andrew Eccles.